November 10 2014 05:20PM
Sometimes it is a fun exercise to go down history lane and
review the way things were. It was the
summer of 2009, and the Vancouver Canucks had finished first in the Northwest
Division with 100 points and 45 wins. In
the post-season, the Canucks earned their first series sweep against the St.
Louis Blues only to be eliminated in 6 games against the Chicago Blackhawks kicking off a heated rivalry between the two teams.
That summer the Canucks were picking 22nd overall in the NHL Entry Draft and it was one of the rare drafts where Mike Gillis et. al had a selection in every round. The Canucks management was yet to start their selection of big overagers, but they were still many questionable selections.
Now that it is five years later let us review how the Vancouver selections have developed since then.
November 09 2014 10:32PM
Kesler wins draw. Ducks score. Ducks fan finger guns camera. This is not good. pic.twitter.com/xnHQjJNZWE— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) November 10, 2014
Vancouver entered tonight with the hopes of making good on the final leg of their California road trip. Going 2-1-0 in three trips to California would go a long way in validating this franchises belief in themselves as a playoff team. Beyond that, using a victory over Ryan Kesler and the Anaheim Ducks to tilt the needle above .500 would surely be icing on the cake for a team that so desperately needs to find positives after their 5-1 shellacking at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings just one night earlier.
It took a weathered storm in the first, a draw in the final two periods and a series of posts in the shootout to do it, but they left Anaheim with the victory. Read past the jump for a full recap.
November 09 2014 04:38PM
Vancouver is in Orange County tonight to face the Anaheim ducks for the first time since the big trade in the Summer that sent Ryan Kesler to Anaheim for Nick Bonino, Luca Sbisa, and Jared McCann. While this game won't settle who won the trade, or anything in the grand scheme of an 82-game NHL season, a win tonight would go a long way to salvaging some of the goodwill lost with back-to-back poor efforts against San Jose and Los Angeles.
Standing in their way are the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks, who, even without Corey Perry, will be a tough opponent on the second half of a back-to-back. Read past the jump for a preview.
November 09 2014 11:19AM
Welcome to this week's edition of Babych, Please!, where we'll take a look at Nick Bonino's Twitter beef, the always amazing Zack Kassian, a cat that looks like Radim Vrbata, and more. Read past the jump!
November 09 2014 12:00AM
Normally, I'd try to lead with a somewhat catchy paragraph here to get your attention and encourage you to read on. Not tonight. Tonight was awful. Read past the jump to see how awful tonight was.
Spoilers: it was awful.